June 10, 2013
Worm holes.
From 'EIΣ ΘEOΣ, 'EIΣ MEΣITHΣ; or, An Attempt to Shew How Far the Philosophical Notion of a Plurality of Worlds is Consistent, or Not So, with the Language of the Holy Scriptures by Edward Nares (1801). Original from Oxford University. Digitized July 8, 2008.

Worm holes.

From 'EIΣ ΘEOΣ, 'EIΣ MEΣITHΣ; or, An Attempt to Shew How Far the Philosophical Notion of a Plurality of Worlds is Consistent, or Not So, with the Language of the Holy Scriptures by Edward Nares (1801). Original from Oxford University. Digitized July 8, 2008.

November 19, 2012

ashleyruderman asked: What is the purpose of the two finger latex "glove" that employees wear?

This is all speculative, since I haven’t been able to find any official statements from Google, but they’re called finger cots, and they’re generally used to protect books “from the skin’s natural oils, which can have corrosive effects over time.” Google Books also “autocorrects" the fingers of employees from page images, probably the rationale for the uniform pink color of the cots.

I suspect they also make it a little easier to turn the pages. Finger cots preserve more dexterity than the white cotton gloves used in special collections or the bulky rubber finger tips used to sort paper. A ”fingertip grip enhancer” like Sortkwik may leave a residue.

The British Library uses only, “clean dry hands,” to combat the tendency of gloves to “transfer dirt to the object being consulted, and to dislodge pigments or inks from the surface of pages.”

Krissy

August 26, 2012
Rear cover, through protective film. 
From How to Make Photographs and a Descriptive Catalog of Materials (1898). Does not include metadata indicating library of origination or date of digitization.

Rear cover, through protective film. 

From How to Make Photographs and a Descriptive Catalog of Materials (1898). Does not include metadata indicating library of origination or date of digitization.

July 31, 2012

Protective, reflective jacket.

From The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Part 1 by Daniel Defoe (1824). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized January 28, 2009.

January 28, 2012
University of Michigan Library statement contradicted by digitization and digital distribution.
From the front matter of Through Persia by Caravan by Sir R. Arthur Arnold (1877).

University of Michigan Library statement contradicted by digitization and digital distribution.

From the front matter of Through Persia by Caravan by Sir R. Arthur Arnold (1877).

September 25, 2011

Various (and copious!) repairs with tape. 

From The Flora of British India, v. 2 by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1879). [Here]

August 5, 2011

Marbled endpapers digitized in black and white (with metal clips)

From front and back matter of Chemical Observations and Experiments on Air and Fire by Carl Wilhem Scheele, Johann Reinhold Forster, Joseph Priestley, Richard Kirwan, and Torbern Bergman (1780). [Here]

August 3, 2011
Extensive modern annotation; pink highlighter, underlining in blue and black ink, marginal notes (“science arranges elements of poetry”, “poetry awakens mind”, “poetry reproduces”).
From p.12-13 of A Defense of Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1890). [Here]

Extensive modern annotation; pink highlighter, underlining in blue and black ink, marginal notes (“science arranges elements of poetry”, “poetry awakens mind”, “poetry reproduces”).

From p.12-13 of A Defense of Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1890). [Here]

August 2, 2011

Rubbed and torn paper-covered boards, indicating use

From Defense of usury: shewing the impolicy of the present legal restraints on the terms of pecuniary bargains; in letters to a friend by Jeremy Bentham (1816). [Here]

August 2, 2011

Neon colors created in printed plate by filter (“Fort Sumter”)

From p.255 of The defense of Charleston harbor: including Fort Sumter and the adjacent islands by John Johnson (1889). [Here]

August 1, 2011
Writing blotted by previous page; or, has seeped through from previous page.
From front matter of A Sketch of the Politics, Relations, and Statistics, of the Western World by Benjamin Chew (1827). [Here]

Writing blotted by previous page; or, has seeped through from previous page.

From front matter of A Sketch of the Politics, Relations, and Statistics, of the Western World by Benjamin Chew (1827). [Here]

July 31, 2011
Two ghostly girls; plate photographed through protective tissue.
From front matter of Carolina, the Hotel-Keeper’s Daughter by Martha Berry (1869). [Here]

Two ghostly girls; plate photographed through protective tissue.

From front matter of Carolina, the Hotel-Keeper’s Daughter by Martha Berry (1869). [Here]

July 30, 2011

Diagrams left folded through digitization; anatomical plates of teeth.

From An Essay on the Structure and Formation of the Teeth in Man and Various Animals by Robert Blake (1801). [Here]

July 29, 2011
Book’s checkout slip, digitized in neon colors and merged into endpaper.
The “Stall study charge” stamp has been cancelled with another stamp; appropriate, given the book’s widespread digital circulation.
From back matter of Publications of the Pipe Roll Society, v.1 (1884). [Here]

Book’s checkout slip, digitized in neon colors and merged into endpaper.

The “Stall study charge” stamp has been cancelled with another stamp; appropriate, given the book’s widespread digital circulation.

From back matter of Publications of the Pipe Roll Society, v.1 (1884). [Here]

July 29, 2011

Marbled endpapers digitized in black and white

From front and back matter of Lay Subsidy Roll A.D. 1332-3 (1899). [Here]